Carpets are most susceptible to staining and getting dirtier- especially if you have pets. You take every precaution to protect your carpet in hopes that no accidents or carpet stains will ever occur and compromise its beautiful appearance, and in an instant, a mishap occurs with a sippy cup of Kool-Aid, drop of blood, or your beloved pet that just could not hold it any longer. What do you do but panic and frantically reach for the nearest available cloth to remove the carpet stain? Whoa – hold on and take a moment before you treat the stain! Vinegar is a multipurpose ingredient and how can we not use it for carpet cleaning? Here are some ways to use it:
VINEGAR AND SALT
Add vinegar little by little to 1 tablespoon salt so as to obtain a spreadable paste. While the stain is still fresh, apply the paste on it can scrub a bit. Let it sit and dry completely. Loosen the dried paste and vacuum. The dried paste will soak up and remove all the stain.
VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA
Pour enough vinegar to soak the stain and then add a small amount of baking soda. If you do the reverse, you will have a noisy, bubbly mess. Do it the right way, and you can hear the recipe cackling away, telling you how it is cleaning and deodorizing without leaving any residue. You need to let the spot dry for a day or two before sweeping up and then vacuuming. You may cover the spot with a bowl or plate so that nobody steps on it.
PLAIN WHITE VINEGAR
First, it’s important to get to the stain as soon as you possibly can. Whether it’s pet pee or muddy footprints or spilled wine, the longer it sits just means the harder it’ll be to get out. So make sure you get it while it’s still wet. Lay the towel over the spill and firmly, using your fingertips or the heel of your palm, blot the liquid up. Continue your blotting until you have soaked up as much of the liquid as humanly possible. Now it’s time to apply the vinegar. On the “mist” setting, spray the entire area and spray it liberally. Get it good and soaked. Then, allow it to sit there for a while – 5 or 10 minutes should do it. Once the vinegar has had a chance to soak in and work its magic, you’ll use a clean towel to soak it up. Blotting works great here, but if you’re just dying to rub or even scrub, have at it!